What a fine weekend of EPL action we witnessed in matchweek 10. All 20 Premier League clubs have now played 10 matches…. only about 28 left to go. Which really only means I got 28 more of these bad boys for ya! Just imagine, “Matchweek 38 EPL Review”. My word. Today, I’ll be bringing you some analysis from my 4 standout results.
ARSENAL 2 – LEICESTER CITY 0
This was a match that maybe earlier in the season or any other Arsenal team of the past 2.5 years would’ve drawn or lost for sure. Fantastic Mr.Fox Jamie Vardy entered this match boasting a goal-scoring record of 11 goals in 13 league appearances vs the Gunners. James Maddison who missed out on his dream Arsenal move in the summer was enjoying fine form since returning to the side from a hip injury. City had just beaten Manchester United 4-2 a few weeks prior and was unbeaten in the month of October. Plus, the match was played on their home soil at the King Power Stadium. A win for the Foxes was surely on the cards. Enter Mikel Arteta, who had also led his Red Army through an unbeaten spell during the October fixtures. Arsenal, much like the last few games, had gotten off to a hot and steamy start.
Bukayo Saka provided the assist to a Gabriel header from a corner kick within 5 minutes. Leicester conceded another after Emile Smith Rowe finished off a bobbling failed clearance from the City backline. Goalie Kasper Schmeichel couldn’t do jack squat leaving him rooted to the spot. And from that point on, Arsenal sat back and defended the whole match soaking up the pressure. I do have to say, Aaron Ramsdale was a signing that I was heavily scrutinizing as was the whole of the footballing world. But, the English international proved us all wrong, as he hasn’t lost a match yet as the Arsenal number 1. The keeper put in a Man Of the Match performance, making 8 saves including this CRUCIAL SAVE from the keeper. Arsenal find themselves in somewhat unfamiliar territory in 6th place! As for the Foxes, they drop to 11th. Some game that was.
CRYSTAL PALACE 2 – MANCHESTER CITY 0
Before we get to the drama let’s touch on Wilfried Zaha. The Cote d’Ivoire international and long-time servant to Palace netted his personal record-breaking 50th EPL goal. He scored in the 6′ minute. Absolute scenes at the Etihad Stadium! This match just goes to show what a red card can do to disrupt any game plan. On any other day, this match would’ve gone to City. As soon as Aymeric Laporte was sent off before halftime, Pep Guardiola’s men had no choice but to sit back, defend, and play the counter-attack. But this created a ton of opportunities for Patrick Vieira’s side who have been enjoying their football recently.
The usual suspect and Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher got on the scoresheet with a sublime one-timer that went in via the middle of the post. Zaha and promising young talent Michael Olise combined perfectly in the build-up, and Olise got his assist. The youngster got his call up to the first team this season and through multiple solid performances off the bench, he found his way into the starting 11. And has been BALLING. He reminds me of Bukayo Saka. Young, hungry to prove himself, a breath of fresh air, and just wants to help the team. Palace is sitting in 13th, while City remains in that 3rd position.
MANCHESTER UNITED 3 – SPURS 0
Mancuso was crying. It happens. In the match dubbed “El Sack-ico” by Spurs super fan Expressions Oozing, both managers were at risk of being sacked by their respective clubs. Basically, we witnessed the Ronaldo show. He scored the first of 3 goals by the Red Devils, finishing off a superb half volley as he hit it across his body, into the ground with crazy technique. CR7 then assisted Edinson Cavani who couldn’t have scored an easier goal. Marcus Rashford, who came on as a sub, put the game to bed when he finished off a breakaway by passing the ball into the bottom right corner.
Once again Ronaldo saved Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job by putting one of the world’s biggest clubs on his back. I always talked about Nuno Espirito Santo and how the Spurs boss needed to do something fast if he ever wanted to keep his job. Well, failing to register a shot on target the whole match didn’t help, as he was sacked at the beginning of this week. Mancuso, mop those tears up because your new manager is serial trophy winner Antonio Conte, formerly of Inter Milan. The guy wins silver wear everywhere he goes, but that’s exactly what y’all said about former manager Jose Mourinho. We shall see. Spurs sit in 9th place while United climbs back up to 5th.
BURNLEY 3 – BRENTFORD 1
Chris Wood. Matthew Lowton. Maxwel freakin Cornet. Those three men got the job done as Burnley managed to win their first match of the season. And with a firm grip on the game as well. The Clarets got off to a fast start by way of their Australian number 9 Chris Wood. Wood got on the end of a fantastic cross from Matt Lowton, who scored the second with his headed effort finding the back of the net. And the goal of the game surely went to the club-record signing, when Cornet rifled the ball into the upper right corner from just outside the box.
Brentford pulled one back in the 79′ minute when substitute Saman Ghoddos (sick name right?) scored a crazy volley that floated past Nick Pope. Nothing much else to say other than manager Sean Dyche capped off his 9th anniversary at the helm of the club with a win and more importantly the 3 points. Burnley still sits in the relegation zone in 18th while Brentford has dropped to 12th.
OTHER NOTABLE SCORELINES FROM THIS PAST MATCHWEEK……
–Liverpool and Brighton drew 2-2 in what proved to be a thriller. Goals from Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane for the Reds, and a crazy chip from Enock Mwepu (another sick name) as well as a Leandro Trossard game-tying goal.
–Chelsea beat Newcastle United 3 nil, with right-back Reece James scoring 2 goals and stealing the show. The match was put to bed with a Jorginho penalty kick goal. Not the best start to life for the new Saudi ownership.
–Watford lost to Southampton in a 1 nil barn burner.
-The match between Wolves and Everton ended 2-1 so did the Leeds Norwich game, with Wolves and Leeds taking all 3 points.
-And finally, West Ham thrashed Aston Villa 4-1. Emi Martinez is looking like a shadow of the keeper we’ve seen for the past 2 seasons.
MATCHWEEK 11 IS SURE TO BE AN ENTERTAINING ONE…
I’m getting sick and tired of the one match a week setup, and I can’t wait for the festive season where we get more than one game per club a week. Back-to-back fixtures and it’s all just starting to heat up in the English Premier League. But for the month of November, we still gotta live with one game per team a week. I guess you’re just gonna have to tune in next week… Take care and bye for now!